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How to Care for Your Shoes and Boots

Outdoor footwear will last longer and provide greater water resistance if it's treated properly. Caring for your footwear should involve cleaning, conditioning, and waterproofing. Different treatments are required depending on the type of fabric your footwear is made from. Refer to hangtags, booklets or other explicit instructions on your footwear product where possible.


As a general rule, boot cleaning involves then following steps:

  1. Remove the laces and liners
  2. Scrape off caked-on mud
  3. Brush off superficial dirt with cold water and a cloth
  4. Scrub with a soft brush to remove ground-in dirt
  5. Rinse with cold water to remove fine particles
  6. Air-dry wet boots at a moderate temperature

Don't forget to wash the boot lining with gentle soap to get rid of accumulated salts. Do not dry footwear close to a heat source, as this might damage the fabrics even without catching fire.


Leather uppers need care just like skin. Without proper conditioning they will dry out, stiffen and ultimately crack. Conditioners are used to restore lubricants to the leather, keeping it supple and, in some cases, waterproof.

In using your new boots you will gradually wear off the factory-applied buffing wax. Before applying a new conditioner, make sure your boots are dry. During conditioning, pay special attention to the crease in the upper where your toes cause the sole to flex. The upper might crack here if left untreated.


We do not recommend the use of waterproofing waxes or greases as they can seriously affect the footwear's breathability. Apply only treatments, polishes, conditioners and dressings recommended by the manufacturer. Always check the manufacturer's care instructions on the label of your footwear first, as each shoe is different.

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